The AAP worked closely with five centres of excellence that provide technical support and networks essential in addressing climate science and data needs:
International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP): ICTP has built the scientific capacities of developing countries for almost 50 years. ICTP provides the AAP Regional Team with technical support and services for E-Infrastructure in Africa, and organises at least two HPC/E-infrastructure activities in Africa every year. The Centre also has a strong Earth System Physics group actively involved in climate modelling and training for climatologists and application scientists.
World Meteorological Organisation (WMO):WMO is the UN’s authority on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, its climate and the resulting distribution of water resources. APP partners with WMO to provide training workshops related to use of regional climate scenarios.
African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD): ACMAD strengthens the partnership between Africa and the world in environmental areas related to sustainable social and economic development. The Centre focuses on services for social and economic sectors, such as agriculture, water resources, public health and safety. It also develops climate and environmental products that benefit regional and national activities. ACMAD and APP produce training workshops for both climate scenarios and outputs for water resource management at the regional level.
Agriculture, Hydrology, Meteorology Regional Centre (AGRHYMET): AGRHYMET, composed of nine member states, is a specialized institute of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Specializing in the science and techniques applied to agricultural development, rural development and natural resource management, AGRHYMET has several objectives: help achieve food security and increased agricultural production in CILSS member states; improve natural resource management in the Sahelian region; provide training and information to development stakeholders and partners. AAP and AGRHYMEThold training workshops on both climate scenarios and water resource management.
The Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX):CORDEX is a World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) sponsored program to organise an international coordinated framework to produce an improved generation of regionalclimate change projections world-wide for input into impact and adaptation studies.In response to the critical need for data analysis and capacity development, a consortium of organizations consisting of the AAP, WCRP, the University of Cape Town’s Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), START, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the Swedish Meteorological-Hydrological Institute, and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network initiative have developed an analysis and training program to provide an initial assessment of CORDEX output that is regionally focused and prioritized to Africa’s knowledge needs (CORDEX Africa).